Crime, Law and Related Links
System Critique and Reform
It is easy to become disillusioned in the field of criminology and criminal justice. Thinking about crime is presently filled with pessimism and seems to inevitably end up with prison or the death penalty as a dead-end (no pun intended) solution for all crime problems. The sites below express in varying degrees calls for progressive change and have optimistic tones. Please forward other links you know about.
- General Links
- The Human
Rights Web Home Page.
Institute of Justice. Prison reentry, alternatives to imprisonment, poverty, homelessness, etc.: an enormous site worth your time and energy.
Human Rights and Social Justice.
States Institute of Peace - Conflict Resolution Sources.
& Crime. On peacemaking in
the U.S. and alternatives to the war on crime. This site contributes information
about a forthcoming book and a few links.
Pacific Center for Violence Prevention,
the San Francisco headquarters of the Violence Prevention Initiative, funded
California Wellness Foundation.
The Center designs and promotes policies to reduce violence among youth
through a public health approach.
Center on Institutions and Alternatives: Innovation in Justice.
A fantastic site: how and why things are wrong and creative, usable ideas
about what can be done to change them!
Crime Prevention Council. Here
lies one of the original 1970s organizations devoted to crime prevention,
including McGruff the Crime Dog and a choices of topics from bullying to
- The Center
on Crime, Communities and Culture,
one part of the Soros
Foundations Network. This nicely
done site is also worth a visit.
Justice Reform in California
- CJCJ's list of agencies dealing with criminal justice policy
Activist Resource Center. Home
of JusticeNet & the Prison Issues Desk. Resources for organizers, educators
- See the latest United
Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice recommendations
at this site.
Citizens Legal Reform
Justice Page: Stop the Violence
Restorative Justice Links
- Centre for Restorative Justice, Australian National University. Home of the work of John Braithwaite, reintegrative shaming studies, and related matters.
- Center for Restorative Justice and Peacemaking.
Mark Umbreit, one of the central figures in restorative justice, has been
busy putting together this useful site, which has information about their
training institute and published sources of information about restorative
justice and related matters. Don't forget Mark Umbreit's article on restorative
justice published in the inaugural issue of the Western Criminology Review.
jusice.org. Restorative Justice Around the World. Prison Fellowship International has to be one of the best restorative justice sites around.
- Some Principles
of Restorative Justice. Discussion
about Restorative Justice is very much in the air. You can find it on the
major listservs and discussion groups, as well as in current books and articles,
including the first issue of the Western
Criminology Review. Are we ready
for a "paradigm shift"?
- Restorative justice links from the National Institute of Corrections.
- Principles of Restorative
Justice as applied to Juvenile Justice: The Leuven Declaration
- Gregg Barak's, "Repressive
versus Restorative and Social Justice: A Case for Integrative Praxis".
Click on the Social Justice link.
- The Mennonite Central Committee's list of resources on restorative justice.Search the terms "restorative justice."
Reconciliation Program (VORP) Information and Resource Center
- Prison Fellowship
Resources on restorative justice
and related matters.
- The CERJ
(Campaign for Equity-Restorative Justice) Home Page
The Eugene Havens Center for the Study of Social Structure and Social Change at the University of Wisconsin promotes critical social thought. Among other things, see the archive recordings related to social justice movements and critical race theory.
- "Creating a New Criminal Justice System
for the 21st Century:Findings and Results From State and Local Program Evaluations"
Available in pdf
or in ascii text.
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) documents that evaluate approaches in
the criminal justice system and. summarizes various BJA task forces.
Education vs. Incarceration Clearinghouse.
Publications and related sites on the trade-off of prisons and schools.
- Larry Sherman et al., "Preventing
Crime: What works, What Doesn't, What's Promising,"
a crime prevention report.
- CJ the America's, Office of International Criminal Justice.
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